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Kylie & Brandon – A Country Chic Autumn Wedding at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna, BC

October 27th, 2012

We first met Kylie back in early 2011 after she recently opened Moksha Yoga Kelowna and were immediately hooked to her yoga studio and her exuberant and passionate love of life.  We were so honoured to produce some beautiful images for their studio and when Kylie got engaged we were ecstatic when she asked us to be […]

 

We first met Kylie back in early 2011 after she recently opened Moksha Yoga Kelowna and were immediately hooked to her yoga studio and her exuberant and passionate love of life.  We were so honoured to produce some beautiful images for their studio and when Kylie got engaged we were ecstatic when she asked us to be her wedding photographers – yay!  This summer we got to hang out with Kylie and Brandon and produce some beautiful images of them, along with their super cute dog, Marley (aka Doddle) which you can view here.

As their wedding day approached, we got very excited – not just because this wedding was going to be an off-the-wall celebration, but because Kylie heavily reinforced that we were there also as guests and expected us to have just as much fun!  Well…OK, twist our arm.  This wedding was a full day event – starting in the morning with getting ready at Mirror Mirror Salon and Spa and ending in the morning at the wedding after-party held at Chop.  Their October wedding turned out to be a glorious sunny Autumn day, with the perfect temperature – not too hot and not too cold.  I swear, since that weekend it’s been rather dismal and incredibly rainy and cold here in Kelowna, so it’s amazing to think this was only a few weeks ago.

While the girls got ready at Mirror Mirror, the guys headed to Plan B in downtown Kelowna to get straight razor shaves.  After all that pampering, the guys and girls got ready at separate places in West Kelowna before heading to the ceremony held in front of the vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake at Summerhill Winery.  We love how down to earth Kylie is – in true yogi fashion, she went down the aisle barefoot.  So beautiful.  After the ceremony, Kylie and Brandon, along with their fathers sabered champagne in true Napoleon style kicking off an evening of celebration.

I feel like we could go on forever (and we do gush a bit more later down, but we’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story).  Thank you so much Kylie and Brandon for letting us be part of your spectacular celebration.  We are so truly honoured (and had so much fun)!  We hope your Maui honeymoon was phenomenal!  Namaste.

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Ours jaws dropped when we walked into their reception – Vintage Origami created such a stunning array of rustic, earthy, vintage, and autumn inspired décor. Kylie’s phenomenal bouquet (also bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnières) were created by Flower Scene. Kylie is a true earth steward (a quality we highly admire in others) and made sure that her wedding also reflected her love of the earth. Guests were given mason jars to drink out of the entire night, along with compostable paper vintage striped straws. How cute it that? Guests were given tree seedlings as a thank-you token (which conveniently fit into the mason jars for easy traveling). Also, we gushed about the cupcakes made by Cupcasions which cascaded over the table in all sorts of delicious and beautiful ways. They even had vegan cupcakes which rocked our world since we both follow a vegan diet – finally we can have wedding cake!

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Below:  At the end of their slideshow, Kylie surprised Brandon with a 10 day honeymoon in Maui!  She let him believe that they were going to stick around Kelowna after the wedding because she had business to attend to.  Little did he know she was planning an awesome honeymoon.  Hehe…so sneaky.

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Kylie and Brandon’s signature wedding cocktails:  the “SUTTON-situation” featured on the left and the “CRICK-tini” featured on the right.  Love!

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This wedding was so fun and we have never seen Summerhill so packed – everyone was there to have an awesome time. DJ Haymaker had the dance floor packed, the photobooth operated by Okanagan Photo Star had nonstop lineups, and with their open bar, including their signature cocktail drinks creatively named after the couples last names – this party was hoppin’ (OK, we feel super geeky saying that). Oh, but the fun didn’t end their – guests hopped aboard a shuttle and headed off to the afterparty at Chop which continued with tapas and more crazy fun dancing well into the wee morning.

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Late night yoga moves on the dance floor were to be expected – love it!

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And to prove we were having just as good of a time – here we are below, your photographers, ironically with no cameras.

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Vendors:

Venue: Summerhill Winery

Décor:  Vintage Origami

Florals: Flower Scene

Cupcakes: Cupcasions

Officiant: Lauren Sommersoll and Airlie Pinkerton

DJ at Summerhill Winery: DJ Haymaker

Videographer: John Thiessen

Photobooth: Okanagan Photo Star

Afterparty Venue: Chop

DJ at Chop: Spinalshift

Dress Vendor: Ethos (Calgary)

Bride’s Sandals: Sam Edelman

Girls Hair/Makeup: Mirror Mirror Salon and Spa

Guys Straight Shaves: Plan B

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Published in Real Weddings Magazine Fall/Winter 2012 :
Polly & Simon’s Wedding at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna, BC

October 17th, 2012

We are super excited to get a copy of the upcoming Real Weddings Magazine out on newsstands this month!  We are big admirers of Real Weddings Magazine which features inspiring British Columbia weddings, so when Polly & Simon’s wedding was hand selected to be featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue we were ecstatic!   Polly and […]

 

We are super excited to get a copy of the upcoming Real Weddings Magazine out on newsstands this month!  We are big admirers of Real Weddings Magazine which features inspiring British Columbia weddings, so when Polly & Simon’s wedding was hand selected to be featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue we were ecstatic!   Polly and Simon are from Alberta and had their May 2012 wedding at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna.  The talented Ria and Danielle at Stage Right etc. created such gorgeous décor and florals for their wedding.  Have a look to see their story and how they put together their beautiful day!  You can also check out a virtual version of the magazine here.

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Jocelyn & Dustin – Rustic Elegance
Outdoor Autumn Wedding at Ponderosa Point Resort in Kaleden, BC

October 15th, 2012

We love photographing weddings in other areas of the Okanagan, so when Jocelyn and Dustin told us their wedding was to be at Ponderosa Point Resort on Skaha Lake in Kaleden, BC we got super excited.  Ponderosa Point is just that – a gorgeous point jutting out into Skaha Lake.  On this point, homey cabins […]

 

We love photographing weddings in other areas of the Okanagan, so when Jocelyn and Dustin told us their wedding was to be at Ponderosa Point Resort on Skaha Lake in Kaleden, BC we got super excited.  Ponderosa Point is just that – a gorgeous point jutting out into Skaha Lake.  On this point, homey cabins are cozied in among large towering trees transporting you back to the good ol’ days of endless Summer vacations.  Since many guests were from out of town, they were able to stay right on the property in one of the many cabins – how sweet is that?  Immediately upon arrival we felt a sense of quiet and calm, as the last details of décor were being finished and guests were enjoying the beautiful autumn day.  Jocelyn and Dustin got ready in different cabins on the property and we loved how family and friends would pop by to see how they were doing and offer warm compliments and wishes. 

The ceremony took place on a beautiful area with the Skaha lake as the background.  We loved Jocelyn and Dustin’s emotions during the ceremony which ranged from heartfelt tears to huge laughter.  So sweet and beautiful.  After the ceremony we headed down the street to the historic Kaleden hotel originally built in 1912.  All that’s left is a beautiful concrete shell worn with patina and the occasional vine clinging to its frame.  Can you tell we’re slightly in love with this building?  After some fun with the wedding party and a stroll along the lake, we headed back to the reception and as the evening emerged, guests ate, cheered, cried, and danced into the wee hours of the night.  The speeches were so heartfelt as well as downright hilarious.   At many of the weddings we photograph in the South Okanagan, we have the pleasure of enjoying Joy Road Catering’s phenomenal food which focuses on local and seasonal fare.  In fact, one of the chef’s came out and described what everyone was eating, along with informing us all that the meal had come from only 100 miles radius away.  Love that!

This was definitely a celebration and along the night there were some fun games including an impromptu puppet performance by Jocelyn and Dustin that was CRAZY funny!!!  We have never seen this done at a wedding – everyone was falling over laughing.  You’ll see photos below and know why.  The bartender, who is a long time friend to Dustin and Jocelyn, was a true rock star and worked hard throughout the night making cocktails and entertaining people with his mad skills.  What a night!  Jocelyn and Dustin, thank you for letting us be part of your wedding day – we had such such a great time and felt like we were among family and friends.  Congratulations and we hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon in Greece! 

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Vendors:

Venue: Ponderosa Point Resort

Wedding Day Coordinator: You & Me Wedding Design – Jennifer Niemi

Florals: Carl’s Flowers

Officiant: Rev. Doreen Mara-Bate

Pre-Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Alexander Flock

DJ: Non-Stop Productions – DJ Shakes

Catering: Joy Road Catering

Cake: Le Cake Couture

Dress Designer: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner

Shoes: Benjamin Adams

Hair: Heiress Salon & Boutique

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Shannon & Brandon – Ridin’ the Rails
Historic Railway Engagement Session at Myra Canyon Trestles in Kelowna, BC

October 11th, 2012

When Shannon and Brandon mentioned they were interested in having their engagement photos taken up at the Myra Canyon trestles, we were super excited.  For those of you unfamiliar with the trestles, they are a spectacular building feat of the Kettle Valley Railway that started in 1910 and was completed in 1914.  Consisting of two […]

 

When Shannon and Brandon mentioned they were interested in having their engagement photos taken up at the Myra Canyon trestles, we were super excited.  For those of you unfamiliar with the trestles, they are a spectacular building feat of the Kettle Valley Railway that started in 1910 and was completed in 1914.  Consisting of two tunnels and 18 trestles clinging on the sides of a massive canyon some 4100 feet above sea level, they bridged the gap between the West Kootneays and the Okanagan Valley, which allowed all the rich resources of the Kootenays to be carried into the port of Vancouver.  The Myra Canyon Railway is known worldwide to be one of the most spectacular sections of rail due to the difficult conditions of the terrain.  Long gone are the days of this railway (last train rode through in 1972), but now everyone can experience the beauty since they converted it into a provincial park.  Unfortunately in 2003, during a huge forest fire, 12 of the 16 trestles burned down.  However, they have rebuilt the trestles and reopened the park to the public in 2008. 

We headed up with Shannon and Brandon on a stunning Fall day with cruiser bikes and picnic in tow and biked around the first section of the trail.  We had so much fun and kept thinking “Why don’t we do this more often?!?.”  It was like a little mini adventure and felt very Indiana Jones way up there with tunnels, railways, and…bears!  Yes, we saw a cute little bear eating elderberries from a tree below us (see picture).  This is the 2nd engagement session this year where we have seen a bear – oh my, this is the Wild West!  After exploring we set up a picnic on the side of the canyon overlooking the valley to catch the last fragments of light.  Shannon and Brandon, we had so much fun with you both biking around in the clean mountain air!  We’re so excited for your upcoming wedding at Cedar Creek Winery and The Laurel Packing House in June!  Woot woot! 

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